THE Mayor of Worcester and deputy leader of Worcester City Council have given small businesses in Lowesmoor a boost for the Small Business Saturday event.

Mayor, Councillor Jabba Riaz, and Cllr Adrian Gregson enjoyed a croissant and coffee at The Bake House with owner and former champion body builder Maz Daisley before finding out about how company director Kirsty Broadbent and her team run wool and yarn shop, Wotahoot.

They heard how the company specialises in supporting adults with learning difficulties, run 'knit and knatter' workshops and convert part of it into a tea shop.

The two councillors then visited Cyber Q, which was founded by Sergei Kirtchu and operates a series of 'escape rooms' where visitors must solve puzzles and challenges.

The pair also went to ABC Leisure Group, at nearby Worcester Marina, to find out how the company hires canal boats to people all over the world, before enjoying lunch at Lowesmoor Fish Bar.

Cllr Riaz said: “Worcester has a deserved reputation for being home to many small, innovative and unique businesses, so it was fantastic to see how many great local firms Lowesmoor is home to.

“With Christmas just round the corner, now is the time to discover some of the standout goods and services our local small businesses can offer you and the benefits of face-to-face conversations with a trader who can go the extra mile to meet your individual needs.”

Cllr Gregson added: “One of Worcester’s big attractions is the uniqueness of its many small businesses, and Lowesmoor really proves this – there’s a remarkable variety in this small area and some real hidden gems.

“With the Christmas shopping season in full swing I want to really encourage people to come along and explore Lowesmoor – you can eat, drink, shop, relax and do so much more here.”

Small Business Saturday is a campaign that aims to celebrate all small businesses.